Lady Bird ★★★★

Under the phenomenal direction of writer-director Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird capitalizes on the audiences’ understanding of coming-of-age stories in order to take risks and explore uncharted ground in a way that still feels comforting and uplifting. In other words, Lady Bird is a sharp duality; one that reveals emotions and experiences not often seen on film while all the time making the audience take in those experiences as if they are their own.

This is, quite simply, the power of Greta Gerwig’s distinct voice and natural talent. Lady Bird is the kind of film that surprises the audience over and over again by revealing things to them that they knew were there all along. Gerwig’s writing, which exists at a unique intersection where screwball comedy meets complex drama, succeeds in repeatedly surprising the audience with subtle yet powerful realizations, the effect of which is deeply evocative and unexpectedly humorous.

At first it seems that the film uses this style to establish two parallel narratives; on one hand, Lady Bird’s increasingly hostile relationship with her mother, and on the other her desire to leave Sacramento for New York City. In fact, these two stories are inherently, and poignantly, linked.

You can read my full review at Hypable.

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